It will be an historic and glamorous track such as the Red Bull Ring to host the fifth out of seven Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS season double venues. On the 1st and 2nd of September, on the 4326 meters of the up and down hills Austrian track, the Fast Lane Promotion Series reserved to the fast 2 liters formula is ready for a new 2012 chapter. Four different winners shared the first eight races with a very consistent lineup the main aspects of the first half of the season now ready for its final rush with the remaining three rounds, with these scheduled, after Red Bull Ring, in Mugello and Barcelona.
The challenge is eagerly awaited with the Frenchman Paul-Loup Chatin (Tech1 Racing), among the most consistent so far, willing to seize the leadership from the hands of the other French driver Norman Nato (RC Formula) with just a 15 points lead. Spotlights also on the young Russian Daniil Kvyat, top driver of Koiranen Motorsport, that after having seized both races in the opening Monza venus, was back on the first podium step in Spa-Francorchamps, at the end of June. On that occasion first win also for the young Colombian Oscar Tunjo, Chatin team mate and undisputed race 2 ruler.
Looking for his first win there is another French driver racing for Arta Engineering: William Vermont. For him one third and two seconds overalls. Then the strong Brazilian line up with Guilherme Silva, Interwetten.com, sixth overall with a third place on the Belgian track. Back in he Series the other Brazilian Victor Franzoni and the Estonians Hans Villemi, both with Koiranen Motorsport. On the other hand no Austrian venue for the Mexican Michael Dörrbecker, (Team Torino Motorsport) still recovering after an injury suffered while training with his kart.
On Friday the first green light with the three 60 minutes free practice sessions starting at 9.35, 13 and 15.55. On Saturday the single 30 minutes qualifying session scheduled at 9.50 while already in the afternoon (17.15) Race 1 as usual on the 25 minutes plus a lap length. Same length for Race 2 which will have the green flag on Sunday at 13.50.
Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS standing after 8 races (top 10): 1. Norman Nato FRA (RC Formula) 142; 2. Paul-Loup Chatin FRA (Tech1 Racing) 127; 3. Daniil Kvyat RUS (Koiranen Motorsport) 97; 4. William Vermont FRA (Arta Engineering) 67; 5. Oscar Tunjo (Tech1 Racing) 61; 6. Guilherme Silva BRA (Interwetten.com) 52; 7. Esteban Ocon FRA (Koiranen Motorsport) 38; 8. Felipe Fraga BRA (Tech1 Racing) 35; 9. Patrick Kujala ESP (Koiranen Motorsport) 30; 10. Stefan Wackerbauer GER (Koiranen Motorsport) 29.